Tag Archives: Rio 2016

AOC aims to arrest decline by emulating Britain’s lottery system

Australia’s Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has thrown ‘100% support’ behind calls for an A$50 million (£29.86 million) lottery to boost funding for sport in the country. The proposal comes after Australia’s disappointing 10th place finish in the medals table at Rio 2016, which continued a decline from fourth place in both Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). Coates made …

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Leicester City stars take on Team GB hero in BetStars Challenge

Three members of the Leicester City Premier League title winning team swapped their football boots for hockey sticks, as they took on Team GB hockey goalkeeper Maddie ‘Mad-dog’ Hinch in the BetStars Hockey Shootout Challenge at the Foxes’ training ground. Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton and Christian Fuchs were joined by two members of Team GB’s gold medal winning hockey team, …

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William Hill slashes odds on Alistair Brownlee for SPOTY 2016

William Hill has slashed the odds for Alistair Brownlee winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) from 100/1 to 10/1, after the triathlete attracted a rush of money for helping his brother over the finishing line at a race in Mexico. The two-time Olympic Champion gave up his own chances of winning the race to aid the exhausted Jonny …

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Sportsbet.io an Olympic winner with Rio 2016 providing 40% of bets

New Bitcoin sportsbook Sportsbet.io has said it has enjoyed a bumper Olympic Games, with 40 per cent of bets taken during the 16-day event coming on Olympic markets. Not surprisingly tennis and football proved the most popular sports, with nearly a quarter of all Olympic bets struck in August coming on the tennis tournament in Rio, with Andy Murray’s gold …

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Paddy Power hopes to find the #MissingType at York Races

This week’s Tipster Challenge Guest is Paddy Power, Director of Communications for his namesake company. A graduate from Dublin University, Power has worked in all facets of the business, including risk control, operations and marketing. The Irish bookmaker is completely unique within the industry, with entertaining advertising campaigns and often controversial betting markets. Just last month, they initiated an advertising …

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BOS Sponsor Profile – Suren Khachatryan – Digitain

Suren Khachatryan is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Digitain, a key event sponsor for the upcoming Betting on Sports Conference in London. The two-day conference is the largest of its kind within the sports betting industry, and takes place in September (15-16) at the 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Digitain is B2B platform and sportsbook provider for iGaming …

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Betway – 500/1 Japan Rugby Sevens set to inflict painful Olympic payout

Betway are on red alert with pre-tournament 500/1 rank outsiders Japan within touching distance of an Olympic medal in the rugby sevens. Still feeling the pain from paying out mammoth odds on Premier League champions Leicester City in May, the bookmaker  is reporting another potentially devastating blow less than three months later. Betway soaked up a sprinkling of bets on the …

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UK workers to be paid £1.6 billion to watch Olympics while at work

Sporting Index has found that the cost to the British economy from workers watching the 31st Olympiad at work is a staggering £1.6bn.  The spread betting firm commissioned pollsters Opinium to survey the British public ahead of the Games, and found that Olympic-watching Brits will spend 24 minutes on average tuning into the sporting action from Brazil while at work. …

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Bookies’ Corner – Rio 2016 – Let the games begin

The 2016 Olympic games gets underway in Brazil today and there’ll be plenty of action to keep us entertained until August 21st. It’s been a controversial games before it’s even kicked off with the unravelling of the doping scandal, but here we focus on the opportunities that it offers for bookmakers. In its latest Bookies’ Corner series SBC picked the …

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Sporting Index: Brits to lose 302 million hours of sleep watching Olympics

Sporting Index surveyed the British public ahead of the Rio Olympics and found that staying up late to watch the games will cost the country up to 302 million lost hours of sleep.  The leading spread betting firm commissioned pollsters Opinium and found that Brits on average plan to go to bed 34 minutes later than normal to watch the …

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